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There was a term limited member of the House who may have contemplated running for the Senate (via the Missouri Ethics Commission):

C051270: Citizens For Mike Thomson

Po Box 44 Committee Type: Candidate

Maryville Mo 64468 Party Affiliation: Republican

[….] Established Date: 11/14/2005

[….]

Election History

Election Year Primary Outcome General Outcome Political Office

2014 State Senator District 12

2012 Successful Successful State Representative District 1

2010 Successful Successful State Representative District 4

2008 Successful Successful State Representative District 4

2006 Successful Successful State Representative District 4

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He didn’t file, but somebody else did (via the Missouri Secretary of State):

State Senator – District 12

Republican

Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed

Dan Hegeman 18739 COUNTY ROAD 294 COSBY MO 64436 678 2/25/2014

Besides, his committee didn’t particularly have a lot of money to compete in a Senate primary (and that’s not necessarily cause and effect):

C051270: Citizens For Mike Thomson

[….]

Information Reported On: 2014 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/5/2014

Beginning Money on Hand $42,001.83

Monetary Receipts + $0.00

Monetary Expenditures – $950.63

Contributions Made – $4,400.00

Other Disbursements – $0.00

Subtotal     ($5,350.63)

Ending Money On Hand   $36,651.20

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And a number of people filed for the open seat in his House district:

State Representative – District 1

Democratic

Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed

Robert Ritterbusch PO BOX 657 MARYVILLE MO 64468 3/25/2014

Republican

Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed

Stan Sportsman 36803 GALAXY RD GRAHAM MO 64455 660 2/25/2014

Roger Parshall 811 ELM ST TARKIO MO 64491 716 2/25/2014

Kathy DeVault P.O. BOX 81 GRAHAM MO 64455 813 2/25/2014

Allen Andrews P.O. BOX 118 GRANT CITY MO 64456 897 2/25/2014

So there was a primary:

State Representative – District 1 38 of 38 Precincts Reported

Robert Ritterbusch Democratic 1,025 100.000%

Party Total: 1,025

Stan Sportsman Republican 468 7.431%

Roger Parshall Republican 1,167 18.530%

Kathy DeVault Republican 642 10.194%

Allen Andrews Republican 4,021 63.846%

Party Total: 6,298

Total Votes: 7,323

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And one of four republicans will face the Democratic party nominee in November.

Meanwhile, the term limited member of the House recently bestowed a hefty contribution (for a House race) on the republican:

C131171 08/12/2014 CITIZENS FOR ALLEN ANDREWS Citizens for Mike Thomson PO Box 44 Maryville MO 64468 8/12/2014 $15,000.00

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Interestingly, that was almost exactly the same amount the successful republican nominee had left over right before the Primary:

C131171: Citizens For Allen Andrews

Po Box 118 Committee Type: Candidate

Grant City Mo 64456 Party Affiliation: Republican

[….] Established Date: 11/25/2013

  Termination Date:

Information Reported On: 2014 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/5/2014

Beginning Money on Hand $6,119.59

Monetary Receipts + $9,770.00

Monetary Expenditures – $373.34

Contributions Made – $0.00

Other Disbursements – $0.00

Subtotal     $9,396.66

Ending Money On Hand   $15,516.25

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MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

CITIZENS FOR ALLEN ANDREWS [pdf] 7/13/2014

Orscheln 2405 S Main Maryville MO 64468 5/22/2014 Sign Posts $794.91

Singularis 6750 Antioch Rd Overland Park KS 66204 6/11/2014 Signs $5,562.00

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Sigh. Signs.

And because the eventual (unopposed in the primary and the general elections) senator didn’t and doesn’t have opposition he didn’t spend or raise a lot of money (for a Senate race):

C141049: Hegeman For Senate

18739 County Road 294 Committee Type: Candidate

Cosby Mo 64436 Party Affiliation: Republican

[….] Established Date: 02/11/2014

Information Reported On: 2014 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/5/2014

Beginning Money on Hand $41,727.29

Monetary Receipts + $11,925.00

Monetary Expenditures – $3,150.00

Contributions Made – $0.00

Other Disbursements – $0.00

Subtotal     $8,775.00

Ending Money On Hand   $50,502.29

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How did he get there?:

C141049 02/13/2014 HEGEMAN FOR SENATE Citizens for Brad Lager 5920 NW 96th Terr Kansas City MO 64154 2/11/2014 $25,000.00

C141049 02/13/2014 HEGEMAN FOR SENATE Herzog Contracting Corp P O Box 1089 St Joseph MO 64502 2/11/2014 $50,000.00

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That’s so, so grass rootsie. Or is it just a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Previously: Campaign Finance: someone has a favorite in the 12th Senate District (February 13, 2014)